Ohio Restaurant Owner: Machete Attack Was Anti-Israel Terrorism
- Shiri Moshe
Hany Baransi, an Israeli Christian Arab, opened the Nazareth Restaurant & Deli in Columbus, Ohio, 27 years ago. In addition to having a sign bearing an Arabic greeting - "Ahlan Wa Sahalan" - the restaurant displays an Israeli flag. Baransi says he has always been outspoken about his Israeli identity, and so when his restaurant was attacked on Thursday by a machete-wielding man, he believed it was no coincidence. Baransi said the attacker, Mohamed Barry, "came in and asked where I was from." A young waitress told Barry that the owner is from Israel. Barry returned 30 minutes later with a machete and start hacking people. "It was a terrorist attack," Baransi said.
"You know, we are Israelis, used to this in our lives, people attacking us and wanting to kill us," he observed.
When asked whether he would consider removing the Israeli flag in his restaurant as a precaution, Baransi replied, "I am going to get a bigger flag."
This story has a sad ending. PJ Media reports that restaurant owner Hany Baransi will be closing his restaurant and moving back to Israel, where he feels safe. Yes, you heard that correctly. This Christian is moving out of the United States to where he feel safer: in Israel.
A blogger pointed out the irony: "Imagine, a Christian moving back to Israel because he fears jihad attack in America, Obama’s post-America. There is much to fear."